Widex Hearing Aids
Widex is one of the world’s most popular hearing aid brands. Known for its advanced hearing aid technology, Widex was founded more than 60 years ago in Denmark by the Tøpholm and Westermann families. In March 2019, relatives of the company's original founders merged Widex with Sivantos, another Big Six hearing aid manufacturer. The new combined company, WS Audiology, has combined revenues of EUR 1.7 billion ($1.9 billion USD) and more than 10,000 employees. WS Audiology is now the third-largest hearing aid company in the world. Widex brand hearing aids specialize in innovative ways to deliver the best possible sound quality and performance in real-life situations, like noise.
2018: Widex EVOKE
2016: Widex BEYOND
2015: Widex UNIQUE
2013: Widex DREAM
2012: Widex CLEAR, Widex SUPER
2009: Widex Mind
2008: Widex Passion
Widex hearing aid prices
Widex hearing aids range in price from $1,861 to $3,773 per device, depending on the model. Popular models include the BEYOND, EVOKE, and MOMENT.
About Our Pricing Data
Average retail prices are calculated based on data from HearingTracker’s advertising platform. Consumers save an average of $627 per device on Widex hearing aids when using Hearing Tracker’s hearing aid discounts platform.
MOMENT hearing aids with machine learning
MOMENT™ is the latest hearing aid family from Widex. Released in March 2020, MOMENT features "ultrafast" ZeroDelay™ and PureSound™ technologies to deliver "the most pure, natural sound ever."
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Select styles offer full Made-for-iPhone and Android ASHA connectivity. MOMENT uses machine learning to allow the wearer to personalize and optimize their sound settings in any listening environment, to increase listening comfort and sound quality. This proprietary Widex feature is called SoundSense Learn.
Widex MOMENT SHEER
Introduced in September 2022— two years after the original launch of the MOMENT platform—Widex MOMENT SHEER is designed to extend the benefits of natural sound to support overall wellbeing and improvement in difficult listening situations. The new line features the company’s PureSound™ technology, as well as acoustically superior ear-tips, more versatile AI personalization, a new receiver-in-the-canal (RIC) model, and Widex SoundRelax, which is a new palette of fractal sounds for managing tinnitus and to support relaxation, concentration, and wellbeing.
In this video, HearingTracker Audiologist Matthew Allsop provides an overview of the new Widex MOMENT SHEER receiver-in-canal hearing aid. Closed captions are available on this video. If you are using a mobile phone, please enable captions clicking on the gear icon.
The new SHEER sRIC takes over from the Widex mRIC. Although the sRIC essentially has the same features as the previous version—PureSound processing, rechargeability, direct streaming from both Android and iOS devices, machine learning capabilities, and more—Widex has redesigned the sRIC’s microphone ports so it’s easier and more comfortable for sRIC users to hear, process, place, and discern sounds in even the most complex listening environments.
Widex MOMENT SHEER also has a new charger that doesn’t have what some users viewed as a bothersome lid. Additionally, the My Sound 2.0 app has been updated with new A-B comparisons that include compression settings that give users greater choice when fine-tuning their own listening preferences.
Importantly, three new styles of eartips have also been added in SHEER that expands the fitting range of the hearing aids to accommodate more severe hearing losses. Widex has also added eight new tones in SoundRelax, a library of fractal sounds which brings the proven calming effect of soft tones and modulated nature sounds to wearers with and without tinnitus.
Wireless audio streaming in MOMENT
Widex MOMENT launched out the gates with full audio streaming capabilities with iPhone and iPad. In October 2021, Widex announced wireless audio streaming from Android for the BTE 13 D, RIC 312 D, and mRIC R D MOMENT form factors. All models support Widex’s suite of wireless accessories, but the RIC 10 form factor does not support wireless streaming direct from iOS or Android devices.
SoundSense Learn and the MOMENT MySound app
Found in the MOMENT MySound smartphone app, SoundSense Learn lets the wearer select their environment and listening goals, then listen and compare two sound profiles, and choose one they like best. Based on the wearer’s choices, the hearing aid learns what settings they like and improves their hearing experience in real time. This Widex-exclusive feature allows the wearer more control even in the most difficult listening environments and offers the hearing care professional insights into their patients’ sound preferences to further enhance treatment.
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With SoundSense Learn, MOMENT wearers can create and name their own, personalized programs. If they wish, they can save the settings. It also lets wearers make individual volume adjustments on each hearing aid, adjust the directionality of microphones, and set location-based programs to switch on automatically. The MOMENT smartphone app also generates automatic updates that will give the user access to new features and product enhancements.
With the September 2022 launch of SHEER, MySound 2.0 has built on two different approaches to sound personalization: Made by You and Made for You.
- Made by You allows you to compare sounds through a series of A/B comparisons, and then the hearing aids tailor the experience to your listening preferences. With SHEER, these A/B comparisons have also been updated to include compression preferences, so there are now over 10 times more comparisons than the original MySound, allowing for greater individualization.
- Made for You collects and analyzes preferences from Widex users all around the world, then presents recommendations for your own use.
Other Widex hearing aids
WS Audiology manufactures a number of other Widex hearing aid technology families. In addition to MOMENT™, the company also manufactures EVOKE™, BEYOND™ and UNIQUE™ hearing aids. In terms of form factors, Widex has everything from wireless completely-in-the-canal (CIC) hearing aids to power behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids. All Widex hearing aids are fully programmable and offer wireless connectivity.
EVOKE hearing aids
Released in mid-2018, EVOKE™ features automatic sound processing, natural sound and performance in a variety of difficult listening environments, with Sound Class technology across all product styles and tiers. Select styles offer Made-for-iPhone connectivity. Like MOMENT, EVOKE uses machine learning to improve listening comfort.
BEYOND hearing aids
Widex BEYOND is the first Made-For-iPhone (2.4 GHz) hearing aid produced by Widex. Like MOMENT and EVOKE, BEYOND hearing aids are compatible with Widex's full suite of wireless DEX™ devices, including a streamer that provides Bluetooth connectivity for streaming audio from non-Apple devices. A smartphone BEYOND App allows users to control their hearing aids, including streaming, hearing aid volume, directional focus, and sound equalization adjustments.
UNIQUE hearing aids
Widex UNIQUE hearing aids feature superior sound quality, including a sound processing classification system called Sound Class Technology that divides listening environments into nine distinct sound classes to better suit each wearer’s own sound situation. They include a Wind Noise Attenuation system that reduces wind noise, making the hearing aids more comfortable and making speech easier to hear, addressing a common challenge for hearing aid wearers. And for understanding speech in environments with background noise, such as a fan or a refrigerator, a Soft Level Noise Reduction system ensures that soft speech sounds are maintained for users while unwanted sounds are limited.
CUSTOM hearing aids
Widex reduced the size of its processor engine by 40% in the Widex CUSTOM™ family to deliver hearing aids with custom cosmetic options without compromising sound quality. They deliver high-performance sound processing and Bluetooth connectivity through DEX™ accessories. Widex CUSTOM-style hearing aids are available in the MOMENT, UNIQUE, and EVOKE lines.
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Notable Widex hearing aid features and technologies
Widex is a huge innovator in the world of hearing aids. Aside from machine learning and rechargeable innovations, Widex has a long-standing reputation as being the best hearing aid brand for musicians, and most consumers rate Widex as the best brand for natural music reproduction. Many in the hearing industry also look to Widex as a pioneer in tinnitus relief, due in part to its Zen Fractal Technology, which offers a variety of sound therapy solutions for both the user and hearing care provider. Zen Fractal Technology is available in all hearing aid models.
Widex rechargeable hearing aids
According to Widex, the MOMENT mRIC is the smallest rechargeable lithium-ion RIC on the market. The mRIC represents Widex's first foray into lithium-ion technology. Previously Widex worked with partner ZPower to supply retrofit silver-zinc rechargeable battery solutions, but with lithium-ion becoming the de facto rechargeable solution, all hearing aid manufacturers are now developing lithium-ion solutions.
Aside from achieving a tiny hearing aid size, the lithium-ion solution also helps to provide improved moisture protection. In the past, the silver-zinc batteries were interchangeable with disposable batteries, but lithium-ion batteries require sealed battery doors, and this means less vulnerability to moisture for internal components.
Machine learning is a form of artificial intelligence where systems learn from data, identify patterns and make decisions on their own. In Widex MOMENT and EVOKE hearing aids, SoundSense Learn technology has hearing aid users listen to sound profiles suggested by an app on their smartphones. The user is presented with simple sound profiles via A/B comparisons, then listens and compares the sound profiles, and selects their preference for either A or B. The users’ choices are then fed back into a machine learning system, the Widex Cloud, where the process continues and new intelligent sound profiles are presented to other users. The SoundSense Learn feature constantly improves the personalized sound settings for various listening environments and is available to MOMENT and EVOKE wearers—right in the moment when they need them.
Fluid Sound Analyzer
Widex hearing aids automatically react to different listening environments with Fluid Sound Analyzer technology, and the Fluid Sound Controller automatically adjusts device settings to those different environments. This feature is known as SoundClass Technology and minimizes the need for additional dedicated programs. It distinguishes between settings with speech and without speech to allow for both comfort and clarity in any environment.
Widex tinnitus solutions
Widex was among the first to use hearing aids to treat tinnitus when it introduced its ZEN Therapy program in 2012. Widex hearing aids generate "fractal tones" to manage tinnitus noises in the ears and head. The Widex ZEN Tinnitus App allows listeners to stream soothing sounds through their hearing devices. Widex Zen Therapy also includes counseling, amplification, and relaxation techniques.
The new Widex SoundRelax, introduced with Widex SHEER in 2023, uses the fractal mathematics in ZEN to create constantly changing, soothing tones and harmonic melodies to relax the mind and aid concentration and well-being.
HearingTracker Audiologist Matthew Allsop explores Widex's new SoundRelax sounds and compares them to the existing Zen tones. This video offers you a chance to listen to eight different SoundRelax sounds designed to manage tinnitus, reduce anxiety, and boost concentration. Closed captions are available on this video. If you are using a mobile phone, please enable captions clicking on the gear icon.
Widex hearing aid DEX accessories
Widex hearing aid accessories transmit audio from your phone and TV directly to your hearing aids. (To learn which accessories work with the Widex hearing aids you wear, consult with your hearing healthcare provider.)
COMDEX™ and UNI-DEX™ Bluetooth streamers
Widex COM-DEX and UNI-DEX are hands-free neck-worn streamers that transmit high-quality sound to hearing aids from phones, MP3 players and other devices. COM-DEX pairs easily via Bluetooth to a variety of Bluetooth accessories. It also works with an optional COM-DEX Remote Mic to hear better over distances up to 10 meters. And a COM-DEX App enables smartphone control of your hearing aid’s Bluetooth settings.
UNI-DEX is a neck-worn plug-and-play solution that streams wireless audio to your hearing aids. Unlike COM-DEX, it uses a standard cable that plugs into a 3.5 mm mini-jack in your mobile phone, MP3 player or other device. A one-hour charge to the battery lets the UNI-DEX stream for up to 40 hours. No Bluetooth or pairing are required.
CALL-DEX and PHONE-DEX 2 phone call solutions
CALL-DEX™ and PHONE-DEX 2™ make mobile and landline phone calls easier to hear and understand. If your mobile phone has a port for a 3.5 mm mini-jack, CALL-DEX will stream phone calls directly to your Widex hearing aids. CALL-DEX is a tiny accessory that inserts into the jack plug of your phone and lets you stream audio for up to 80 hours. No neck-loop is required.
PHONE-DEX 2 is an all-purpose, cordless phone that streams calls directly to both hearing aids. There’s no feedback and no need for a telecoil program or streamer. And PHONE-DEX 2 can be used as a regular phone by anyone else in the family as well. It sits in a base station that also charges the cordless handset, which provides up to 10 hours of talk time and 100 hours of standby time before needing recharging. Phone-DEX 2 also includes an on-board answering machine feature.
TV PLAY streams to your EVOKE and MOMENT hearing aids
TV PLAY™ streams audio from your television direct to your MOMENT* and EVOKE hearing aids. It’s easy to set up, with minimal cables that connect to the digital audio out and powered USB ports on your TV. The device can sit next to the TV or be easily mounted on its back. Sound levels can be controlled via the hearing aid control buttons, RC-DEX, or the EVOKE app. *Widex states that compatibility with MOMENT will not come until late 2020.
When TV PLAY is powered up, pairing is automatic—you just turn the hearing aids off and back on. And with the EVOKE smartphone app, you can adjust the volume of the TV and the volume of the hearing aids independently.
TONELINK app gives device wearers control
The TONELINK app uses a smartphone's speaker to transmit one-way acoustic commands that control key functions. Since these commands are sent in a coded sound from the smartphone to the hearing aid, users do not need Bluetooth or assistive listening devices. The TONELINK hearing aid app enables users to discreetly change programs, adjust volume, mute, and change directional focus.
Widex legacy hearing aid models
Widex constantly updates its hearing aid models. It leads its current lineup with its MOMENT, EVOKE, BEYOND, and UNIQUE models. However, some dealers continue to sell earlier models, including: